I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of The Evidence Against You today which is the fourth book by best selling author Gillian McAllister.
About this book…
Can you trust your father, when they say he killed your mother?
17 years after being convicted of murder, Izzy’s father is finally released from prison.
She wants nothing to do with him – but he claims to be innocent.
She’s always believed he killed her mother, but now doubts are creeping in.
Because if he’s telling the truth, then someone else has been lying all this time . . .
I’ve been a fan of this author ever since her first brilliant book and have awaited every book since with huge anticipation. She has never let me down and The Evidence Against You is no exception to the rule. In fact I personally think that this is her best, most compelling book so far and I loved every page. Gillian McAllister writes the most involving and beautifully crafted novels that have characters we recognise and empathise with although they are not always likeable. These are ordinary people caught up in unexpected circumstances and the paths they take. Don’t expect lots of fast paced action. Her books are gradually developed with a slowly creeping tension that builds to a subtly horrific denouement. Her readers are always left with a “what would I have done?” sense of controversy long after they have turned the last page.
What I absolutely loved about The Evidence Against You was how we see how easy it is for two people to see and interpret things from totally different perspectives. We see the death of Izzy’s mother from different angles as Izzy realised that conversations she overheard as a teenager may have had very different connotations from her first understandings. As she attempts to renew her relationship with her recently released from jail father, she comes to some very difficult conclusions about the past and also her own future. Gillian McAllister doesn’t waste a single perfectly chosen word as she follows the twists and turns of what Izzy thought was the truth until the whole picture is revealed to both her and the reader with some breathtaking resolutions.
I adored this book-it took me so much longer to read than normal but I was afraid to miss out on a single word or emotion! It’s one to be slowly devoured for maximum enjoyment as I found that to be the perfect excuse to stay with Gillian McAllister’s characters for as long as I possibly could. She’s a natural storyteller who has a gift for understanding what makes people tick and how they react to those mountains that life likes to put in their way.
I can highly recommend The Evidence Against You as an outstanding and gripping novel from start to finish. Enjoy!
Meet the author…
Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions and The Evidence Against You.